Vitali and Merkada Amon

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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey
This is a photo of my uncle Vitali Amon and his wife Merkada Amon (nee Saltiel). My elder uncle Vitali Amon, was not like Nisim (my other uncle who was very serious) at all. He was handsome, and full of life. He really liked enjoying himself. But he wasn't like my younger uncle, who was sensible and responsible. He would never help his younger brother, who took care of both his mother and us. When he was doing his military service in Tekirdag, he met Merkada Saltiel, the daughter of one of the rich families of the city. They fell in love, and got married. They immigrated to Cuba in 1924 after their three daughters (Estreya, Vida, Fortune), were born due to unemployment. There, they had a son, whom they named Izak. They stayed in Havana for six years, and returned to Istanbul in 1930, when the circumstances over there also got worse. I remember the day on which they arrived, on a big ship, at the Istanbul Port very well. We, my mother, my uncle and I, went to meet them. They settled down in Azap Kapi, [a district on the European side of Istanbul] later on. His wife was a dress-maker. My uncle on the other hand, never had a decent job all his life. He did everything, but never stuck to any of the jobs. He even opened up a hamburger shop sometime in Persembe Bazaar (a trade center in Karakoy). He died at a hospital in 1955 having lost his sanity due to diabetes.

Interview details

Interviewee: Samuel Coyas
Interviewer:
Tuna Saylag
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Vitali Amon
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1955
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Died:
after WW II

Other Person

Merkada Amon
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Tekirdag
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1965
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Dressmaker
  • Previous family name: 
    Saltiel
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1920

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